18th EDITION 27 OCT – 12 NOV 2017

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October 2017


27 October - 20:00 22:00 - Le National

Bargou, a lonely mountain village in the northwest of Tunisia, is the guardian of an ancestral heritage in a country in transition. Echoing an emblem of the Tunisian landscape, this Belgian-Tunisian collective defends a heritage on the verge of marginalization and sculpts its identity through forgotten melodies and modern beats. Armed with a synthesizer and 300-year-old lyrics, Bargou 08 displays vigour and originality, defining itself by a sound that is both a tribute to the past and an anthem to the future!

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28 October - 19:30 21:30 - École De Musique Vincent D’Indy

Fairouz Oudjida and her orchestra Under the musical direction of Mouayad Khaldi and accompanied by her orchestra, soprano Fairouz Oudjida will pay tribute to the great diva Fairouz. An even offering great moments of emotion conveyed by the outstanding voice of Fairouz. Co-presentation with SN-Production Price : 35$ (taxes included plus service fees)   Buy your tickets  

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29 October - 20:00 22:00 - Le National

Nicknamed the nightingale of Moroccan song, Nabyla Maan is among the artists who enchant us with breathtaking performances, carried by a soft, crystalline voice. Born in Fez into a family of music-lovers, Nabyla developed an interest in traditional Moroccan music from a very early age. Her passion for Arab-Andalusian musical styles induced her to seek knowledge of this art from the greatest masters. As a contemporary artist, Nabyla takes a modernistic approach to ancient Moroccan musical styles and revisits the…

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31 October - 20:00 22:00 - Cinquième Salle, Place Des Arts

Amidst the rubble of a radio station obliterated by a terrorist attack, a surviving journalist and a pianist bring out the insolence of words and the tenderness of notes to narrate Hourya, an impossible love story amidst a war that ravages lives, erases the colours from a dream and steals the fragrances of spring.

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November 2017


1 November - 20:00 22:00 - Cinquième Salle, Place Des Arts

Sudanese-born Rasha Sheikh Eldine, exiled in Spain to escape her country’s political regime, draws inspiration from the beats and sounds gathered in the course of her travels, exhaling the warm colours of the Nubian desert by means of her powerful and ethereal voice. The youngest of 18 children, Rasha grew up in Khartoum in a family of musicians before emigrating to Spain alongside her brother, a former member of the Spanish group Radio Tarifa.

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2 November - 20:00 22:00 - Centre Phi

Both a high plateau and an occupied area, the Golan is dreamt as a playground, a place of exchange, a crossroad of modernity.” This is the angle from which Hubert Dupont and his companions imagine a poetic future for this land of endless conflicts, immersing us in their intoxicating worlds to the sound of bold and ceaselessly renewed melodies.

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2 November - 20:00 22:00 - Cinquième Salle, Place Des Arts

If there is truly an outstanding voice that has emerged from the contemporary Arab musical scene and extends far beyond its borders, it is that of Waed Bouhassoun. With a timbre of a quality rarely heard nowadays, the voice of this young singer, oud player and composer achieves perfect mastery of the modulations of classical song, elevating her to the ranks of the great names of Arab song such as Oum Kalthoum and Asmahan.

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3 November - 20:00 22:00 - Cinquième Salle, Place Des Arts

Les Violons du Roy, Oktoecho, Leïla Gouchi, Rachid Zeroual… Autant de noms que d’univers réunis dans un concert aux teneurs inédites, où les cordes de l’Ouest s’invitent à l’Est, sous le signe des grandes rencontres empanachées et le tremblement des aventures improbables.

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4 November - 20:00 22:00 - Cinquième Salle, Place Des Arts

With its keen interest in original musical encounters, the Regard Persan ensemble is choosing to explore oral musical traditions by inviting singer Alicia Carrasco, a rising star in contemporary flamenco, accompanied by guitarist José Manuel León, coming specially from Andalusia for this occasion.

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5 November - 20:00 22:00 - Salle Claude-Léveillée, Place Des Arts

With his unsatisfied curiosity and his inexhaustible desire to discover and recreate, Mohamed Masmoudi returns to the FMA stage with the intention of captivating us by uniting jazz with the melodies of his oud.

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5 November - 20:00 22:30 - Cinquième Salle, Place Des Arts

After the resounding success of the tribute to Salim Halali at the 16th Festival du monde arabe, Henry Abittan and his big band return to the Festival this year for a major show in tribute to the immortals, timeless artists who marked the golden era of a diverse Algerian and North African heritage.

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5 November - 20:00 22:00 - Monument National

Charbel Rouhana, a renowned master of the oud, composer and performer, returns to Montréal to participate for the third time in the Festival du Monde Arabe and offer us a unique performance, accompanied by the Canadian Arabic Orchestra.

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7 November - 20:00 22:00 - Salle Claude-Léveillée, Place Des Arts

In a show combining refinement and innovation, Shahriyar Jamshidi, accompanied by his associate Sina Khosravi, makes distant echoes from the heart of Mesopotamia resound from the foot of the Zagros mountains in Iran to the peak of Mount Ararat.

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8 November - 20:00 22:00 - Le Gesù

When you look at the path followed by kamikazes and at their motivations, when you see the harm they cause, once the shock wears off, assuming it ever does, you get the impression that this is farce. We are in such a state of stupefaction that we believe we have been through an unreal world. What is the reality of these crimes?

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8 November - 20:00 22:00 - Salle Claude-Léveillée, Place Des Arts

In a dialogue with hints of alchemy between the santour and the oud, Amir Amiri and Nazih Bourish immerse us in an enchanting world, creating impromptu connections between the subtleties of Persian music and the poetry of Arab sounds.

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9 November - 20:00 - Oscar Peterson Concert Hall

Faia Younan est l’incarnation de la nouvelle icône du chant arabe qui a su répondre aux goûts d’une jeunesse assoiffé de renouveau social et musical.

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10 November - 20:00 23:30 - Maison Symphonique – Place des Arts

Naseer Shamma & the Orchestre Métropolitain conducted by Airat Ichmouratov “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” – Rudyard Kipling Joining two top names, the undisputed master of the oud, Naseer Shamma, and the prestigious Orchestre Métropolitain, this exciting evening offers initiates a journey to the innermost depths of Arab and Western classical music. The major concert in the 18th annual Festival du Monde Arabe, presented at the Maison symphonique, Oud à l’Ouest is a present-day musical tale…

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11 November - 20:00 22:00 - Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts

Aleppo, the city of a thousand eras, the jewel of eternal Syria, will be at the heart of this original production by the Festival du Monde Arabe, bringing together artists and creators from all over the world. Aleppo, the musical ear of the Arab world, known for its demanding audiences, will be the guest of honour of our pluralistic Montréal for a truly stirring tribute. A major project in this 18th edition, the show will offer a fireworks of intertwining horizons in a true artistic epic.

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12 November - 20:00 23:30 - Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts

To end its 18 th edition on a high note, the Festival du monde arabe is offering the Montréal public a unique gathering with a truly prestigious event dedicated to Khalil Gibran, poet and author of The Prophet and Spirits Rebellious. Under the direction of Father Khalil Rahmé, more than 50 artists, including the Arab world’s most prestigious choir, the NDU Choir, as well as outstanding singer Fadia Tomb El-Hageand virtuoso musicians, will turn to the eternal tales of the writer who “delivered to us the poetic spirit of the East.”

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